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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Where is Your Treasure?"

Date published: 07/24/2010

Luke 12:15 “Then He said to them, ‘Watch out!  Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.’" (NIV)

Most Christians do not intentionally sin, but get subtly drawn into it.  This might happen over time with small, incremental compromises or by situational circumstances that in themselves do not appear wrong.  Sins involving money might be caused by greed, envy, or pleasures.  Continually allowing these to be a part of your life changes your life focus from living for God to living for yourself.  Jesus said “watch out” and “be on your guard” to warn of the subtle way in which sin can grip your life.  Money has a more perverse way of taking hold of one’s life.  Jesus’ strong warnings should cause you to take actions to prevent this from happening.  It would be a tragic mistake to read this passage and assume you are immune to the temptation of money.  The rich man who approached Jesus for His blessing thought he measured up well, but quickly discovered how he loved money more than God. (Matthew 19:16-22) Seeking an improved Biblical understanding of money, allowing God to sift your life for any compromises that might currently exist, and daily praying for God to not only protect you from money’s temptations, but also to reveal any lures to you will all help you live in greater freedom from the various temptations of money.  

 Matthew 6:19-21 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (NIV)